Newcastle Knights corporate sales executive Matthew Ninness accused of defrauding club

By admin • 苏州夜网 • 18 Jan 2019

‘FAKE SALES’: Matthew Ninness, inset, is accused of defrauding the Newcastle Knights of more than $150,000 for corporate boxes, season tickets and parking passes that he “sold” to fake clients so he could meet sales targets.A NEWCASTLE Knights corporate sales executive accusedof defrauding the club of more than $150,000by “selling” corporate boxes and season tickets to fictitious business ownerswill remain behind bars after a fresh bid for bail failed on Tuesday.

Matthew Ninness, 37, of Maryland, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception in relation to a number of alleged“fraudulent agreements” he made due to “the pressure to hit [sales] targets” and “be someone of value” in his new role as the NRL club’s corporate sales executive.

Mr Ninnesswas refused bail in Newcastle Local Court after his arrest in June due, in part,to previous corporate credit card fraud convictions which remain unresolved because of Mr Ninness’ failure to complete a community service order.

He launched a Supreme Court bail application in Sydney on Tuesday, but that was also refused.

Employed on November 20 last year to sell the club’smatch day hospitality packages, police allege it took less than a month before Mr Ninness begangenerating fraudulent transactions; making up a company name, owner, ABN, mobile number and putting the fake client down for corporate box tickets, season launch seats andcar park passes.

Between December 14 and February 23, police allege Mr Ninness defrauded the Knights a total of $157,122.

The packages were not used by anyone, and a lot of the tickets were allegedly later found in Mr Ninness’ car or home.

Newcastle Knights staff began asking questions in April when the outstanding invoices and payments were identified and it’s alleged Mr Ninness tried to explain away the outstanding payments by saying the client was overseas or, in one case, had died.

It is not alleged that Mr Ninness made any money from the fraudulent transactions, butinstead that the Knights were left at a financial disadvantage.

Mr Ninness, who has spent 104 days behind bars since his arrest, will remain locked up untilat least his next appearance in Newcastle Local Court on October 18.

According to a statement of police facts.

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